Better firestop installation and inspection can save lives

About 57 percent of people killed in fires are not in the room of the fire’s origin, according to the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook.

Firewalls are designed to protect against the spread of fire from one room to another, but if there are holes in the firewall, such as a hole drilled to install fiber optic wire for example, the wall becomes compromised. Continue reading

Educating end users on the importance of mechanical insulation

Educating business owners and other decision makers is vital to the success of the mechanical insulation industry. Without knowledge of the many benefits of mechanical insulation, it is difficult for a project owner to invest in the technology.

The Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) works to advance the industry. Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the AWF Union Podcast to preview a new course designed to educate end users about the value of properly installed and maintained mechanical insulation. Continue reading

Mechanical insulators look ahead to clean energy work

As the U.S. begins the gradual shift away from fossil fuels towards cleaner energy sources, building trades unions are working to make sure their members are trained to work on these new technologies to ensure they have future work.

Mechanical insulators stand to gain a great amount of work, as their trade deals directly with energy conservation. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Deputy Director Gina Walsh detailed her career for AWF Union Podcast listeners. She also explained how mechanical insulators can lead the way in energy conservation. Continue reading

Discussing suicide prevention on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day, the labor community is focused on fallen workers and ways to limit the amount of workers who are killed due to workplace accidents and their own personal battles.

These issues are being tackled head on by labor organizations and management together. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain what leads to mental health issues in the construction industry and where workers can go for help. Continue reading

Mechanical Insulators LMCT encourage insulation following Texas storm

The recent winter weather in Texas caused lasting damage to infrastructure, peoples homes and more. This could have been avoided by investing in mechanical insulation according to the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers.

One person who has been advocating for the use of mechanical insulation is Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini. He joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how mechanical insulation could have helped prevent some of the damage caused in Texas. Continue reading

Insulators act as the last line of defense through firestopping

The insulation industry is much more than just insulating the walls and ceilings of a building to ensure heat stays in. The industry has evolved to include firestopping and other processes.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust Trustee and Vice President of Fire and Life Safety Services at Superior Industrial Insulation Tom Dake II joined AWF Union Podcast to explain the importance and functionality of firestopping materials. Continue reading

Infrastructure talk inspires some to pursue a mechanical insulation career through apprenticeship

A major campaign promise of President Biden was to work with Congress to deliver an infrastructure bill to the American people. The components of an infrastructure bill will encompass all of the building trades.

One of the largest trades that will be impacted is the Mechanical Insulators, as they work to make infrastructure more efficient. Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained what needs to be in an infrastructure bill and how people can begin a career in the mechanical insulation industry. Continue reading

Climate Jobs Illinois to create 300,000 jobs, including for Mechanical Insulators, other trades

Plans are being developed throughout the country to create hundreds of thousands of good paying, union jobs, while also striving to improve environmental conditions.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined AWF Union Podcast to shine light on an Illinois program designed to bring clean energy, union jobs to the state. Continue reading

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Executive Director lists accomplishments of the labor movement

With the recent election of labor-friendly President-elect Joe Biden, the labor community has much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for unions in the workplace and the accomplishments of the labor movement over the past 150 years. Continue reading

Mechanical Insulators LMCT Exec. Director explains how to sift through election misinformation

With the presidential election less than one week away, misinformation is running rampant and it is important that voters can trust the information they are digesting and not living in an echo chamber.

Mechanical Insulators Labor Management and Cooperative Trust Executive Director Pete Ielmini explained where union members can find the most accurate election information as it pertains to their union on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading